Dear Friends of the American Judicature Society,
As you have probably heard by now the AJS Board of Directors voted last fall to dissolve the Society and wind up its affairs. For the past several years our membership numbers have been in steep decline and our outside funding had dropped significantly as well, prompting us to conduct a thorough review of all options. We came to the conclusion that ceasing operations and making every effort to find good homes for the various AJS programs and assets would be the approach most respectful to our founders and the many people who have contributed to our great history. While we took this difficult step with heavy hearts we are glad to report that the crucial work of AJS will continue to live on through other organizations:
Center for Judicial Ethics - CJE was transferred to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) effective October 1, 2014 and continues to do its good work there. Cindy Gray is now an employee of NCSC.
Judicial Selection in the States - This has been transferred to NCSC.
Jury Center - This has also transferred to NCSC.
Judicature – A new, revised Judicature will be published by the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies. The Center will provide complimentary issues to every Article III judge, federal magistrate judge, and state supreme court justice. They will also be sending two editions of Judicature at no cost to those who held AJS memberships and subscriptions.
New contact information:firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunter Center - The work of the Hunter Center will continue under the stewardship of the Communities Foundation of Texas. They will continue to honor the legacy of Judge Elmo B. Hunter, a former AJS President, and work to ensure that the ongoing mission of the Hunter Center, to maintain public respect for the courts and preserve the integrity of the judiciary, is carried out.
Hawaii AJS Chapter - We have granted the Hawaii chapter permission to continue to operate under the AJS name and are confident that they will continue their excellent work and will represent us all well.
AJS Archives These have been placed in the care of the South Texas College of Law thanks to the efforts of Jim Alfini. South Texas has a professional archivist who will preserve AJS materials in accordance with the appropriate standards and will provide access to the archives by researchers and scholars in a manner that best ensures their security and preservation.
New contact information:
Heather Kushnerick, MA, MLS, CA
Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist
Fred Parks Law Library
South Texas College of Law
1303 San Jacinto St
Houston, TX 77002
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Rick Chesley, a partner at DLA Piper and our pro bono counsel on the wind-down process, for his expert advice during the countless hours he spent working with us. We also want to thank you for your unwavering support of AJS over the years. We look forward to working with you again as we all continue our efforts to ensure a fair and impartial system of justice in this country.
Throughout its history, AJS has worked closely with national, state and local bar associations and other organizations to develop and implement justice system reforms. To learn more about how AJS has advocated integrity over the past century in your state, click here >>.